con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Definition of concise

: marked by brevity of expression or statement : free from all elaboration and superfluous detail a concise report a concise definition

Other Words from concise

concisely adverb
conciseness noun

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concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative. a concise description terse implies pointed conciseness. a terse reply succinct implies the greatest possible compression. a succinct letter of resignation laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious. an aloof and laconic stranger summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation. a summary listing of the year's main events pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance. a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment. a compendious dictionary

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Many students think that adding unnecessary sentences with long words will make their writing more impressive. But in fact almost every reader values concision, since concise writing is usually easier to read, better thought out, and better organized—that is, simply better writing. Words such as short don't have the full meaning of concise, which usually means not just "brief" but "packed with information".

Examples of concise in a Sentence

That is as clean and concise a summation of a profound and complicated truth as I have come across … — David Noonan, Newsweek, 10 Nov. 2008 Frye's wit was concise and dry, his erudition compendious. — Robert M. Adams, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991 "I am glad, Mrs. Butler," was the neighbour's concise answer. — Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818 a clear and concise account of the accident a concise article on violence in the media that manages to say more than most books on the subject
Recent Examples on the Web So creating that clear and concise narrative between mundane phone conversations took a long time and a lot of patience to find the key emotions. Emiliano Granada, Variety, 13 June 2022 Along with having a clear and concise plan, having a vision and strategy is vital to success. Udi Dorner, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Having that information in a clear and concise way is helpful, Owen said. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 5 June 2022 The manual is clear and concise, and the jar is dishwasher safe and easy for both righties and lefties to maneuver. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Sciorra’s testimony had engaged the jury, and her answers had been concise, offering limited targets for rebuttal. Ken Auletta, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 In their novels, as in those of the Japanese writer Mieko Kawakami, who wrote songs and poems before turning to fiction, the attention to sensory experience is particularly keen, concise, and meaningful. Idra Novey, The Atlantic, 22 May 2022 Another mandatory requirement for securing your dream job is having the ability to transfer your life’s work into clear, concise, and crisp verbal communication. Quora, Forbes, 6 May 2022 As a thematic sequel to Everything Now, the new LP — named for Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin’s 1921 dystopian novel about people living under perpetual surveillance — is more thoughtful and concise about the proverbial end of the world. Bobby Olivier, SPIN, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of concise

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concise

Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike

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con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Kids Definition of concise

: expressing much in few words a concise description

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